Peter Dickinson

English children's writer

Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (16 December 1927 – 16 December 2015) was an English author and poet. He was best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson
BornPeter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson
(1927-12-16)16 December 1927
Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia
Died16 December 2015(2015-12-16) (aged 88)
Winchester, Hampshire, England
OccupationWriter, poet
EducationEton College (1941–46)
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge (1948–51)
GenreCrime fiction, children's novels and picture books
Notable works
Notable awardsHorn Book Award
Guardian Prize
Carnegie Medal
1979, 1980
Phoenix Award
2001, 2008

Dickinson won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association for both Tulku (1979) and City of Gold (1980), each being called as the year's outstanding children's book by a British subject. Through 2012 he is one of seven writers to win two Carnegies; no one has won three.

For his contributions as a children's writer Dickinson was a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2000.

Dickinson died on his birthday in Winchester, Hampshire, England from an illness, aged 88.[1][2]


  1. "Children's author Peter Dickinson dies". 17 December 2015 – via
  2. "Days in the Life* With Footnotes*".